HC Deb 14 November 1918 vol 110 cc2850-1
8. Mr. KING

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he has ordered the arrest of Dr. Kathleen Lynn, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, in Dublin; whether she was arrested while attending to influenza patients; and whether the Lord Mayor of Dublin has obtained her unconditional release?


I signed an Order under Regulation 14B of the Defence of the Realm Regulations on the 17th May last directing the internment of Dr. Kathleen Lynn. She evaded the observation of the police and was not arrested until the morning of the 31st October. Representations were made by the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Sir Charles A. Cameron, executive health officer for Dublin, that Dr. Lynn was engaged on her professional work in connection with the influenza epidemic, and both suggested that she should be allowed to continue at her medical work in Dublin, subject to an undertaking to abstain from political work. Dr. Lynn signed an undertaking to take no part in politics, directly or indirectly, if released from custody, and not to leave the Dublin Metropolitan Police area. I thereupon signed an Order that she should be released from custody. It is not correct to say that the Lord Mayor of Dublin obtained her unconditional release.


Are we to understand that it is not merely conditional on the influenza epidemic, but as long as she continues her practice and observes this condition, she will be free?


That would no doubt be so, so long as she keeps the condition.